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The Acolytes of Crane

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The warlords of the galaxy need representatives from the earth and recruit Theodore Crane to bring four teenagers into a fight against a powerful alien demigod.

THEODORE CRANE is a twelve-year-old who spends his days dodging an abusive father. He is a scrawny prankster in a small Minnesota town. What is worse? He shares a friend with a belligerent bully.
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Paperback, 301 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by CreateSpace
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Though the premise sounded promising, I can't remember a lot of books that I struggled more with to finish it. Still, I can see it had potential.

Theodore Crane gets an important message. He's Earth's Messiah and should gather four friends to help save the galaxy which is under threat from two fighting demi-god brothers. His biggest problem is, he doesn't have four friends.

At first, I was immediately curious. The start, I think, was real
Alexander Crommich
Oct 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
The Acolytes of Crane is one of those books that never quite coalesce into something coherent. There’s an interesting premise at the heart of it, namely pitching the battle between God and Satan as a battle between two advanced alien factions, and the main character has a promising start as a child from a broken household. Unfortunately, the pacing of the plot, the way the author presents the larger picture, and technical issues with the writing cripple the story before it can get started.

The pa
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Bookbuzz

Publishing Date: January 2014

ISBN: 9781482547580

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

Publisher Description: Theodore Crane finds solace in goofy everyday pranks, in order to cope with living under the shadow of an abusive father and dealing with a belligerent bully who seeks him out at school. One day, intervention from outer space strikes as a mysterious amulet soars into his room bearing enigmatic clues.

Review: This novel began with a 4.5 rating
Sunshine Somerville
This story is “all boy.” The author does a great job of getting into the mind of a 12-year-old boy, and everything in the first part of the story feels absolutely genuine. The boys are dirty, rough, rude, and smelly. They worry about getting into trouble but can’t seem to stay out of it. There are power plays and friendship tensions. Theodore has an awkward crush on a girl. Etc.
Between the parental abuse and the bullies Theodore is surrounded by, you just want to hug this poor kid. But how Theod
Cynthia A
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-books-read
Excellent new start of a series. Theodore Crane is a young lad that lives with abusive father and eventually get out of the situation by calling the police. His loving grandparents take him in and he starts to mature.
His best friend dies and Theodore's world changes again by a visit from Galactic forces that claims he is a Messiah.
The story in the beginning gets you very involved with the character Theodore, but begins to drag when he starts fighting to defend against a powerful alien enemy.
I a
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poignant-moment
This is a writer with a strong mature voice. It's one of those books were I could clearly see the talent of the author, but wished that they had been writing about something slightly different. Except for the start, the book is about the boy, Theodore Crane, and his positioning as Earth's Messiah. Narrative is first person, from Theodore's point of view, and the deliberate choppiness is suggestive of attention deficit or another problem. Theodore isn't well, he has a tendency to vomit, he has di ...more
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How do you scratch your head on paper? If you put this book in the Young Adult Science Fiction category it has a chance of working for its audience (13-17 year olds). Others, not so much.

The protagonist, 15 year old Theodore Crane, gets chosen by an alien demigod to save the world. He has to get four friends to join him by the end of the month or something bad will happen. This rambling messy sto
K.S. Daniels
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Acolytes of Crane is a sci-fi adventure about a boy named Theodore who becomes entangled in a galactic battle of good vs. evil. It’s very much a coming of age tale in the same vein as Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I read this book in beta, so I’m not going to spend any time discussing the grammatical or structural issues; I know these items will be fixed with a good edit. What I want to review is the meat of the book: the story.

The story focuses almost exclusively on Theo, beginning with
Rabid Readers Reviews
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
To call Theodore’s life bleak at the start of the story is an understatement. He is starving for love, acceptance and friendship. As Theodore heads into the second part of the novel and the vastness of space a sci-fi world that is wonderfully constructed opens to the reader. Readers of this blog will know what a fan I am of “Dr. Who.” The Dietons are very Who-like. Their job is to travel all over the universe and collect emotional data – memories, decisions and life experiences. The baddie in th ...more
Caroline Walker
This book is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. The nanobots are most certainly science fiction but some of the aspects of this book I find illogical and therefore in the category of fantasy. I did enjoy reading this book even though sometimes I felt the author tried to be unpredictable or original and the result of this is a complete random turn of events. I felt like this added to the fantasy elements of the book. I would definitely call this book a coming of age novel and I also would have ...more
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in the goodreads giveaway and thought initially it was an ARC and forged through what I felt to be drawbacks in the writing. There is a wonderful, imaginative story here that is being undermined by both grammatical and structural problems.
I loved the premise of the book; I enjoyed learning about the protagonist; unlike other reviewers, I rather liked the made up jargon yet feel that this story is in desperate need of some major editing. In my opinion the book was released a
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I would give this book a 3 1/2 rating if that was available. I enjoyed it but I can't say that I really loved it.
It took some time for me to get into the story. The early part of the book when Theodore was younger seemed to drag to me and I was tempted to give up. I continued reading because I actually liked Theodore; he seemed like a real kid to me and I wanted to know what was going to happen to him. The story as it went on was entertaining and
R. Waters
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book really touched me. Theodore Crane is tormented by the abusive nature of his father. He has no where to go, and no one to help him until he takes control of his own life. For the first half of the book I was drawn in to his character, only to be rocketed into a world of scifi that really can only be described as diverce and interesting.

The Dietons are a cool creation, I had trouble understanding their purpose at first and it all came together in a very unique way.

All i have to say is wo
Kevin Andrews
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A unique and entertaining story with a well-defined characters and a great ending, or perhaps I should say a great end to the beginning. There were a few places in the story where the narrative switched from one character to another, and I became confused as to who was telling that part of the tale. An interesting technique but I would like a smoother transition in the future. There was also a strong reference to certain a body function that didn't contribute to the story. Overall, a great and i ...more
Scott Spotson
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Acolytes of Crane is an everyday 12-year-old boy's fantasy. Everything an older boy dreams of is in this story - battling dastardly villains, discovering superpowers, making friends with other boys instantly, being punished for being mischievous, performing quirky acts that only boys appreciate, and so on. It's written with a very male point of view, which is refreshing. Such as an "aw-shucks" manner (seeing strange things happen, and shrugging them off) and skinning your knee a few times an ...more
2.5 stars

The concept is interesting, but the execution is lacking. There are times it seems like this was 'typed' using dragon software, as the word used sounds the same, but means something completely different. And there are words missing. Lots of them.

I'm also disturbed by the concept that 12 year olds are 'hooking up' and 'falling in love' as often as they do here. They are portrayed as if they are about 9 years old one minute & around 20 the next. Add in the slang used regularly ('my k
LitPick Student Book Reviews
The Acolytes of Crane is about a boy named Theodore Crane. Theo is coping with the trauma of growing up with an abusive father. He is a typical boy, alternating between pulling immature pranks and acting mature for his age.

On vacation with his family and a friend, a tragic event occurs. After returning home, Theo's Dad goes to jail for abusing him, so Theo goes to live with his grandparents.

Without his grandparents' permission, Theo goes back to Taylor Falls alone to pay his respects. While ther
Richard A Peters
While the beginning was a little slow for my taste, the pace picks up eventually and keeps slamming you with action. The somewhat disjointed pacing, occasionally slow and meandering and other times lighting fast, is my only real complaint.

That said, there are some interesting new concepts (demons and angels are real, but packing lasers!) here. The whole tale is also sprinkled with tongue-in-cheek humor and there's a great twist ending. As a fan of classic Sci-fi, I enjoyed the complicated "multi
Paul Little
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
JD Tew has created a magnificent debut work that grabs the reader and takes us on a roller coaster ride. The start of the book describes a bleak back story of a youth that is moving through life in the style of a Tom Sawyer, replete with traumas and challenges. From this well laid foundation the transformation occurs that takes us on the main journey of the book. At each turn of page the scope of TAC increases so that in the end this is a work with huge reach and seemingly endless possibilities ...more
Larry Gerovac
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read science, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror for the most part. When I read science, I take notes and try to understand concepts. When I read the other genres, I read for pure enjoyment and that's what Justin Tew delivered in this story. I raised 5 boys and I have 22 grandkids and Justin's children characters were right on- sometimes I was amazed at how mature they seemed to be and at other times they seemed to be so immature, just like real life. I found myself pulling for the home team in their ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story line, execution was painstakingly intricate.

It was a heavy read in which I had to take a number of breaks from.

I enjoyed the past in the early stages of the book. Exploring cranes early childhood. Though I would have preferred to stay in the present more, the prison cell and interaction with the guards was limited, but these are the parts that spiked my attention.

If you like detailed SciFi books this is for you.

Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this Book. Once I started reading it I could not put it down until it was finished! I immediately bought the second book in the series. Well written, interesting story, and fast paced. It has action, sci-Fi and humor. The characters are well rounded and appealing. Mr. Tew has a new fan!
A.C. Haury
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Acolytes of Crane by J.D. Tew took me by surprise. What a roller coaster ride! As someone who is not typically a huge fan of sci-fi, I really enjoyed this book. There is plenty of mystery, back story, intensity, and excitement as the book evolves. I thoroughly enjoyed The Acolytes of Crane and I am definitely looking forward to J.D. Tew's future works.
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